That would have to be the Benchmark based on combination of high detail/resolution, jitter immunity, and relative value.
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About MSB they were one of the first audio companys to build the out board dac. Good question why don't you hear much about them. I think it has to be marketing, it just has not been good. They make some of the best usa audio products out their i have had a few. You never here to many reviews about their products either.
There are some reviews here (in French):
You can use Google Translate to translte into English: http://translate.google.com
Montejay, I saw that review on Salvatore site. They evaluated the unit with no upgrades, but it still got "lower A" rating.
Psacanli, I have no idea which DAC chip Berkley Audio uses or how it's implemented so I don't know if it is really innovative.
Xsparky, ditto for Klimax as well. At least the name is innovative in a sexual kinda way.
Ive heard alot of the the hi rez (XRCD2 and K2HD's)I own quite a few.Until recently, I would also have thought they were some of the best sounding digital.
What has totally changed my thinking is hearing a few high quality SACD players(Esoteric X03SE and D&P05,Krell Standard MKII).I never heard any digital so good.Ear opening The music just jumps out of the speakers in ways I've never experienced before. Each instument was placed logically and every nuance picked up.If I could one day swing it the D05 P05 with the 32 bit chip would be my endgame in digital.
Your right. For me, once I heard real good sacd,I couldn't get it out of my head.I'm now thinking of going sacd,but to do it right requires $$'s.I do like my redbook player with my K2hd's and XRCD's,however sacd's when played on a great player on a fine system are really quite the experience.
I have a MSB Platinum Plus DAC, which I will eventually get upgraded. I find I get better sound from using my Esoteric SA-10 SACD player as a transport for the MSB, and using the SA-10 to play SACDs only than the SA-10 alone as a CD player. The MSB is amazing--some hybrid SACDs sound as good or better as CD only through the Esoteric/MSB combination than as SACDs. Will check out the Arthur Salvatore review.